Forgoing planes, trains and automobiles, actor Ajay Devgan scores a possible Bollywood first by setting his directorial debut, U, Me Aur Hum, on board a cruise ship. Pairing up with his wife and popular leading lady, Kajol, they play a young couple who fall in love on the high seas only to hit troubled waters once back on land. But what begins as a Titanic romance abruptly turns into an Away From Her-style drama when Alzheimer's wades into this split personality of a film.
It's anchors aweigh with an elderly Ajay (Devgan) narrating the story of how young psychiatrist Ajay (Devgan, again) met Piya (Kajol), a pretty waitress working on the Super Star Libra sea liner. Having rubbed her up the wrong way after one too many tequila shots, it's only a matter of time before Ajay charms his way into Piya's heart. By the time they have sailed into Mumbai port the two have predictably fallen in love and go on to marry. It's post-interval before the sinking feeling you've seen this all before gives way to interesting drama when Piya is struck with Alzheimer's disease.
"A WORTHY BUT MUSHY WATCH"
Devgan's ham-fisted direction results in U, Me Aur Hum being a film of two obvious halves. The opening rom-com frivolities bolted onto the emotional drama that suddenly kicks off in the second portion illustrates the A-listers' lack of experience behind the camera. Borrowing heavily from The Notebook starring James Garner, it also shows Devgan's paucity of originality in the screenplay department. However, what saves this from being a washout is the touching performance both he and Kajol deliver in the final moments of the movie. Exploring the slow mental corrosion linked with Alzheimer's (a medical condition that is poorly understood in India) makes this a worthy but mushy watch.
U, Me Aur Hum is out in the UK on 11th April 2008.